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Durham

Durham is a sweeping emerald canvas with breathtaking dales, a dramatic coastline, a vale steeped in history and a vibrant city at its heart.

Visit medieval Durham City where the winding cobbled streets lead to the imposing Durham Cathedral and adjacent castle – together forming a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a guided tour or explore Open Treasure, Durham Cathedral’s new world-class visitor experience where you can journey through 2,000 years of history.

See the past come to life at amazing attractions across the county. In the Vale of Durham, board a tram at award-winning Beamish: The Living Museum of the North, and in the Durham Dales look out for the resident deer at Raby Castle, one of England’s finest medieval castles, or head to Killhope, an award-winning Victorian mining museum. Plus, don’t miss Kynren – an epic tale of England – a spectacular live-action outdoor night show that takes place between July and August, taking audiences on a captivating 90-minute journey through British history, myth and legend.

Durham county has many stories to tell, from science, art and technology to business, tourism and the beauty of it's breathtaking landscapes. Watch the Durham Place of Light video:

<p /><p>For those craving culture, you will find a host of fascinating museums across the county too. In Durham City, <a href="https://www.dur.ac.uk/oriental.museum/">Durham University’s Oriental Museum</a> is the only museum in the North of Britain dedicated to the art and archaeology of the great cultures of Northern Africa and Asia. And in the Durham Dales you will encounter the surprising sight of a French-style chateau as <a href="http://thebowesmuseum.org.uk/">The Bowes Museum</a> comes into view – home to one of the greatest collections of fine and decorative arts, and the famous Silver Swan.<img data-assetid="1039" data-credits="" data-filename="Durham 2.jpg" data-summary="" data-title="" src="/download/file/1039?defaultFile=%2FDefaultImages%2FdefaultImage.png&thumbnail=False&cultureId=127&useLarge=true"></img></p><p>Take some tranquil time out in one of the county’s many green spaces. <a href="http://www.thisisdurham.com/things-to-do/durham-attractions/crook-hall-and-gardens-p22031" target="_blank">Crook Hall and Gardens</a> is an oasis of calm just a short stroll from Durham City centre, and <a href="http://www.thisisdurham.com/things-to-do/durham-attractions/durham-university-botanic-garden-p21921" target="_blank">Durham University Botanic Garden</a> is a delight throughout the seasons.</p><p><img data-assetid="1041" data-credits="" data-filename="HiForce.jpg" data-summary="" data-title="" src="/download/file/1041?defaultFile=%2FDefaultImages%2FdefaultImage.png&thumbnail=False&cultureId=127&useLarge=true"></img></p><p>Durham’s great outdoors provide the perfect opportunity to get active or enjoy some peace and tranquility. For walking and cycling breaks, escape to the breathtaking surroundings of the Durham Dales and North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, home to <a href="http://www.highforcewaterfall.com/">High Force waterfall</a> – a magnificent sight. At <a href="https://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-6vyg9a">Hamsterley Forest</a> you will find 2,000 hectares of woodland to explore, or stroll along the coastal path to discover dramatic views of the Durham Heritage Coast. <a href="http://www.thisisdurham.com/outdoors">Watch the video</a> to see what Ben Fogle got up to when he visited the county.</p><p><img data-assetid="1040" data-credits="" data-filename="Durham Dales.jpg" data-summary="" data-title="" src="/download/file/1040?defaultFile=%2FDefaultImages%2FdefaultImage.png&thumbnail=False&cultureId=127&useLarge=true"></img></p><p>Let us entertain you. Head to <a href="http://www.thisisdurham.com/things-to-do/gala-theatre-and-cinema-p21831" target="_blank">Gala Theatre</a> in <a href="http://www.thisisdurham.com/explore-durham/durham-city" target="_blank">Durham City</a> for the best in live entertainment, or if you prefer sport to shows, catch the county team and international action at the <a href="http://www.durhamccc.co.uk/pages/about-emirates-durham/">Emirates Riverside Stadium</a> in the <a href="http://www.thisisdurham.com/explore-durham/vale-of-durham" target="_blank">Vale of Durham</a>.</p><p><img data-assetid="1042" data-credits="" data-filename="Durham Cricket.jpg" data-summary="" data-title="" src="/download/file/1042?defaultFile=%2FDefaultImages%2FdefaultImage.png&thumbnail=False&cultureId=127&useLarge=true"></img></p><p>If you love to shop, <a href="http://www.thisisdurham.com/explore-durham/durham-city" target="_blank">Durham City</a> provides quite the setting for a little retail therapy. Across the county, towns including <a href="http://www.thisisdurham.com/explore-durham/durham-towns/bishop-auckland" target="_blank">Bishop Auckland</a> and <a href="http://www.thisisdurham.com/explore-durham/durham-towns/chester-le-street" target="_blank">Chester-le-Street</a> in the Vale of Durham, <a href="http://www.thisisdurham.com/explore-durham/durham-towns/barnard-castle" target="_blank">Barnard Castle</a> and <a href="http://www.thisisdurham.com/explore-durham/durham-towns/stanhope" target="_blank">Stanhope</a> in the Durham Dales and <a href="http://www.thisisdurham.com/explore-durham/durham-towns/seaham" target="_blank">Seaham</a> on the Durham Coast offer their own unique shopping experiences. And if you’re hunting for a bargain, head to <a href="http://www.thisisdurham.com/things-to-do/durham-shopping/dalton-park" target="_blank">Dalton Park</a> – the region’s biggest outlet shopping centre.</p><p>For accommodation and more ideas of things to see and do visit <a href="http://www.thisisdurham.com/">thisisdurham.com</a>.</p>
Beamish Museum
@Beamish_Museum • 13m
We have a runaway! This little chap was spotted trying to escape from under the Gallopers overnight cover 😂… t.co/KAmYahvJOT
Durham Cathedral
@durhamcathedral • 15h
Our restaurant is serving up a treat with the Great Pudding Club on 8 February. Enjoy a main course & six luxurious… t.co/jeYDY5MtzJ
Durham Cathedral
@durhamcathedral • 16h
All welcome to Daniel Cook's first organ recital as Master of the Choristers & Organist of the Cathedral, tomorrow… t.co/K5JfbZ4et4
The Auckland Project
@aucklandproject • 17h
Levi (pictured in rich priestly garb and holding an incense burner) is one of the Zurbaráns being exhibited at… t.co/goGn0SFfME
Durham Cathedral
@durhamcathedral • 17h
RT @ThisisDurham: @ChronicleLive is now live streaming the sunset from #WhartonPark #Durham featuring the fabulous skyline of historic #Dur
The Auckland Project
@aucklandproject • 18h
Wow, County Durham really has some amazing sunsets! #HelpDurhamShine t.co/RFe217F1Gg
Durham Cathedral
@durhamcathedral • 19h
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This is Durham
@ThisisDurham • 20h
Did you watch @ChronicleLive's #Livestream of #sunrise at the beautiful Blast Beach #DurhamHeritageCoast this morni… t.co/2n3UkWmXQP
This is Durham
@ThisisDurham • 20h
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Beamish Museum
@Beamish_Museum • 20h
Fork handles please! Why not hop over to our Instagram page, Beamish_Museum, to watch today's behind the scenes sto… t.co/oP5MWZkow8
The Auckland Project
@aucklandproject • 21h
Have you been to the #MiningArt Gallery yet, if so what were your thoughts on it? #TuesdayThoughts t.co/UDwH080NfO
This is Durham
@ThisisDurham • 21h
Our dedicated #thingstodo page should help you plan a fun-filled February #halfterm in #Durhamt.co/kLMGVAwDJk